Brighton shop’s Pride party plans look like being thwarted

Owners of a new business in Kemp Town may find their plans to bring the Brighton Pride party into their store thwarted by Sussex Police.

Ryan Cahill and Shaun Davison, directors of CBD Ethics, in George Street, Brighton, submitted a temporary event notice, saying that they intended to serve alcohol during the Pride Village Party in August.

Mr Davison said that the pair wanted to make sure they were part of the biggest event in the community’s calendar after opening just five weeks ago.

He said: “We wanted to be part of Pride and were hoping to sell a few beers and cocktails.

“We went into this quite quickly because we didn’t want to miss the boat and get our application in too late.

“Whatever happens, it would be silly not to open. We plan to decorate and be part of the event and be part of the community.”

In an extensive letter to Brighton and Hove City Council Licensing Committee, Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell listed a number of objections.

The Brighton and Hove divisional commander was particularly concerned about the lack of an existing licence to serve alcohol.

The police chief also pointed out that the proposed days and times did not match those of the party.

And she had concerns about potential overcrowding at the busy junction with St James’s Street.

A council licencing panel is due to discuss the matter at 10am on Monday (14 May) at Brighton Town Hall.

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